Track reopens after train hits and kills man near Pioneer Way and Waller Road East

Staff writerAugust 19, 2013 

A Burlington Northern Santa Fe loaded coal train headed to British Columbia hit and killed a man Monday near Tacoma's East Side, BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas said.

Crews responded about 3 p.m. to the crash near Pioneer Way East and Waller Road East.

Workers on the coal train saw the man on the track and applied the emergency brake, but were not able to avoid hitting him, Melonas said.

Burlington Northern police were still investigating with local law enforcement, he said, and he declined to elaborate further about the crash.

Melonas said two Sound Transit trains and one Amtrak train were delayed after the crash, and that the track reopened about 5:30 p.m.

The corridor between Tacoma and Seattle is used by 50 trains daily, he said. 

Pierce County Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said the man had not yet been identified.

The portion of the track where the man died is not next to a roadway, and isn't easily accessible, Troyer said. There is no crossing there.

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